The national bestseller from Parade's "Ask Marilyn" columnistthe definitive book for anyone who cares about spelling.
Like The Elements of Style and On Writing Well, The Art of Spelling has emerged as a writing manual for the ages, the backlist volume that will tell us everything we will ever want to know about spelling. Begun as a spelling survey in the "Ask Marilyn" column of Parade magazine, The Art of Spelling dispels the myth that good spelling is simply a measure of intelligence or education. With her trademark no-nonsense wit, vos Savant shows where good (and bad) spelling originates, provides personality portraits of all kinds of spellers, and offers the most effective methods of spelling improvement known. Also included are lively chapters on the turbulent history of English spelling and the pitfalls of computer spell-checkers and other writing tools. The Art of Spelling will appeal to scholars, students, and language lovers of all ages.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Marilyn vos Savant is listed in The Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame for the highest IQ and writes the popular "Ask Marilyn" column for Parade magazine. She has raised two children and lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||The Madness|
|1.||Spelling Well: The First Step to Graceful Communication||17|
|2.||What Does Your Spelling Say About You? Some Compelling Reasons for Spelling Well||28|
|3.||The Spelling Brain||51|
|4.||The Spelling Police: Who Makes Up These Rules, Anyway?||67|
|5.||Spelling and Technology: A Love/Hate Relationship||92|
|Part 2||The Method|
|6.||The Secrets of Good Spellers||113|
|Using the Rules||129|
|7.||Some Things to Keep Up Your Sleeve||144|
|The Value of a Dictionary||152|
|The Value of Listening||155|
|The Value of Visualizing||156|
|The Value of Motor Memory||157|
|The Value of Proofreading||164|
|Commonly Misspelled Words||167|